Hotel in Spain Bans Kids With Down Syndrome, They Would “Annoy” Guests

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 20, 2013   |   1:23PM   |   Almeria, Spain

A hotel in Spain is coming under international criticism for banning children with Down Syndrome because they “might annoy other guests.”

The appalling rate of babies with Down syndrome who are aborted is no secret. When parents receive a prenatal diagnosis, 9 times out of 10, they will choose to abort that child, simply because the baby has an extra chromosome.

The kind of attitude Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Almeria displayed by refusing to accept a hotel reservation from a group of children with Down syndrome who were planning to celebrate the end of their school year contribute to those attitudes against such children.

From the story:

The hotel said it would not board the children because “these kinds of people might annoy other guests.”

Management at the hotel has apologized for the incident, saying it was “a misunderstanding,” adding, “In 35 years of business we have never refused access to guests with Down syndrome,” who the hotel management said, “have been, are, and always will be very welcome.”

However, Down Espana, the group that organized the event for the kids, reported the incident to a public prosecutor because it felt that there was “a clear case of discrimination against disabled people that breaks the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Spain.”

The international law prohibits “all discrimination on the grounds of disability.”

“We haven’t gone public with this incident to victimize anyone but to educate the public,” said Agustin Matia, head of Down Espana.



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